Why is Jesse Lee Soffer Leaving 'Chicago P.D.'?

Chicago P.D. is about to lose one of its original cast members: Jesse Lee Soffer.

Soffer has confirmed that he will be departing the role of Detective Jay Halstead, which he originated in Chicago Fire before then taking it on when spin-off Chicago P.D. began airing in 2014.

Why is Jesse Lee Soffer Leaving 'Chicago P.D.'?

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Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead in Season 9 of "Chicago P.D." The actor confirmed in a statement on Monday, August 29 that he would be leaving the role in the show's tenth season. Lori Allen/NBC

Soffer issued a statement on Monday, August 29 to confirm that he would be leaving Chicago P.D. in its forthcoming 10th season.

In a statement shared with Variety, the actor shared his gratitude with the show's team, as well as his co-stars and the crew.

Soffer said: "I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support during the past 10 years and want to express my deepest gratitude to Dick Wolf and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television, my fellow castmates and our incredible crew.

"To create this hour drama week after week has been a labor of love by everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead."

The actor has starred as Detective Halstead in the show since it first began, and he has appeared in all 186 episodes of the NBC drama and has made several appearances in Chicago Fire.

Soffer first portrayed Detective Halstead in Chicago Fire in the premiere episode of its second season, which then lead to the spin-off Chicago P.D. and later Chicago Med being created. All three encompass the "One Chicago" world on NBC.

While he has confirmed his exit from the show, Soffer has not revealed which episode of Season 10 will be his last, nor has it been clarified how his character will be written out of the show.

In recent seasons, Detective Halstead has had storylines that saw him get married to Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), and he has also become indispensable to Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe).

A specific reason for Soffer's departure from Chicago P.D. was not given to Variety.

Newsweek has contacted Soffer's representatives and NBC for further comment.

Soffer's forthcoming exit from the show isn't the only change that has been made to the program in recent years, as Gwen Sigan has been showrunner since the show's ninth season after taking over from Rick Eid who exited when he took the helm for FBI and the Law & Order reboot.

Beghe, Spiridakos, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, and Amy Morton are all expected to return for the show's 10th season. Season 9 guest star Benjamin Levy Aguilar has also been promoted to series regular for the forthcoming season where he will reprise his role as rookie Dante Torres.

Chicago P.D. Season 10 premieres on Wednesday, September 21, at 10 p.m. ET. on NBC.